from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See bowfin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many different species of fishes, such as Neochanna, the bowfin, or Clarias anguillaris.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European loach.
- n. The bowfin (Amia calva).
- n. The South American lipedosiren, and the allied African species (Protopterus annectens). See lipedosiren.
- n. The mud minnow, a fish of the genus Umbra or family Umbridae.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish which lives or burrows in the mud. Specifically — A dipnoan fish, Protopterus annectens, of the family Lepidosirenidæ.
- n. The Australian Ceratodus forsteri.
- n. The North American bowfin, Amiacalva. Also called marsh fish.
- n. Some or any species of the genus Umbra or family Umbridæ. Also called mud-minnow.
- n. A former Anglo-American name in New York of a killifish.
- n. A gobiine fish, Gillichthys mirabilis, remarkable for the great extension backward of the maxillary bones. It attains a length of 6 inches, and burrows in the mud between tide-marks, so that its burrow is exposed at low tide. It abounds along the coast of California.
- n. A New Zealand fish of the family Galaxiidæ; the Neochanna apoda. P. L. Sclater. (See cuts under Amiidæ, Lepidosiren, Umbra, and Gillichthys.)
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Back home in Fla we called them mudfish or dogfish.
Ive caught mudfish, channel catfish, alligator gar, and a plecotemus (which is a sucker fish) on a small spinner bait.
I don't spend a lot of time these days at the bottom of the blogospheric lake where the mudfish slurp and spawn.
If anyone wants to watch the rapid self-demolition of a mudfish, as I did with with clinical fascination, go here.
The wetland areas of the region support numerous waterfowl and native fish including the endemic brown mudfish (Neochanna apoda), which is considered a lower risk globally threatened species.
Remarkably, four species of fish are found in the lower pools near Iherir: Tilapia zillii being the commonest, with Barbus biscarensis, B. ablabes and the air-breathing mudfish Clarias anguillaris.
Kathleen Bickford Berzock, the museum's curator of African art, says Benin artworks are replete with symbols of commerce: Crocodiles and mudfish typically symbolized the seafaring Portuguese.
The endemic Canterbury mudfish (Neochanna burrowsius) occupies slow-flowing streams but can burrow into damp mud in dry conditions.
And like a popped zit, the mudfish swim back to their dens.
Perhaps either 1. the writer meand to use “lungfish” or 2. that “mudfish” means something different in the UK as opposed to the USA.